First book about QuarkXPress 2016 now available

The first book about QuarkXPress 2016 is now available, so even before QuarkXPress 2016 will be officially released tomorrow (May 24).

You can order it through Amazon US or Amazon UK and other national sites from amazon.

The interesting thing is that this book is not only about QuarkXPress, it is also about design and brand considerations, about print processes and about finishing. So definitely an interesting read, I can highly recommend it.

Martin, the author of the book, who is also an author for Planet Quark, says about it:

““Over the years, I’ve seen dozens of designers, some straight from college, some hardened veterans, whose work came to a halt because they lacked some crucial piece of knowledge. In this book, I have tried to include the answers to all of their questions, and to uncover the richer possibilities that QuarkXPress 2016 offers. Its new features—especially native import and HTML5 publishing—allow us to be more productive, more creative and more satisfied in our work. Whether in print or online, more than ever before, QuarkXPress 2016 gives us the power to delight the eye and intrigue the mind.”

Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people.

Before joining Quark, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. Since 1997 he has played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop and enterprise software.
Starting 2003 Matthias has focused on Quark’s interactive and digital publishing solutions. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represents Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup.

Since February 2014 Matthias heads Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit and is therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.

How To Combine Book Chapters To Export One PDF or E-book

This question came up today:

“I created a book in QuarkXPress, using separate documents for each chapter and connecting them with the Book feature. I created a Table of Contents for the whole book and built that TOC in the Master Chapter. How can I export a whole book as one PDF and have a TOC that is hyperlinked to the different chapters?

Currently, when I export as PDF it only includes the current Layout. When I print from the Book feature, and save as PDF, it exports only the Master document as a PDF.”

The solution is simple, if annoying:

You have to combine your documents into one Layout in QuarkXPress, then export to PDF. That’s the only way you’ll keep your hyperlinks.

The good news it’s a simple thing to do: just open your main document and all the chapter documents. Change your view to Thumbnails (View> Thumbnails). Select all the pages in each chapter and drag them onto the end of your main document. It shouldn’t take but a few minutes.

This technique also works for combining chapters before generating an EPUB book or iPad app.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

Inspiration for Package Design

Package design can be fraught with challenges. It has to be an attention grabber, it needs to look good and make consumers want to buy it or learn more about it. For inspiration, pick up a copy of For Sale: Over 200 Innovative Solutions in Packaging Design by John Foster. This $26 book features many successful designs for CDs, books, beverages, and other products, and gives you insight into the designer’s creative process.

Other useful resources include 100 Visual Packaging & Labels by Ann Ford and 100 Visual Formats, Folds, & Bindings by Matt Woolman.

Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press

When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.

Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.

In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.